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Why Art Is Dangerous: Making Art Is Making Trouble
CAA News
Above the entrance to a 2011 exhibition in Paris called The Promises of the Past was written the claim that the function of art was to make the world better. Better than it might appear at present. Yet you could argue that what art creates may be a worse world—worse than it appears, or not at all what you would like it to be.
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  Jewish Artists and the Bible in Twentieth-Century America
By Samantha Baskind

“In her brilliant new book, Samantha Baskind shows how the Bible—not necessarily only a Jewish Bible (Tanach) but also the American Bible of the Puritans—echoes in Jewish American art. Looking at Jack Levine, George Segal, Audrey Flack, Larry Rivers, and R. B. Kitaj, Baskind provides a sophisticated and critical reading of how religious imagery survives and flourishes in our secular world.” —Sander L. Gilman, Emory University
 


President Obama Pens a Personal Apology to an Art Historian
CAA News
Professor Ann Collins Johns of the University of Texas at Austin was just as peeved as many people were about President Barack Obama's knock on art-history majors. So she did what any self-assured art historian would do and wrote a letter to Obama using the White House website. Then came the surprising part: Obama responded with a handwritten note.
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Obama and Art History
CAA News
CAA has great respect for President Obama's initiative to provide all qualified students with an education that can lead to gainful employment. The organization supports all measures that he, Congress, state legislatures, and colleges and universities can do to increase the opportunities for higher education.
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Arts in Turkey Tour for CAA Members
CAA News
CAA has partnered with Tutku Tours to provide an exclusive offer for its members to spend two weeks this spring (May 27–June 10) exploring the ancient and contemporary sides of Turkey. Deadline: February 28, 2014.
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NHA Annual Meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day
CAA News
The National Humanities Alliance's annual meeting and Humanities Advocacy Day will take place March 10–11, 2014, in Washington, DC. Established by NHA in 2000, Humanities Advocacy Day helps to increase national public support for the humanities.
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  New - MA in Art History

The School of Art also offers the following degree programs: MAE, MFA in Art, and PhD in Fine Arts with field of specialization in Art.  MORE
 


Arts Advocacy Day Takes Place March 24-25
CAA News
Hosted by Americans for the Arts and cosponsored many national arts organizations (including CAA), Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington, DC, to ask their Congress to support arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, NEA funding, and more.
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Serve on a CAA Award Jury
CAA News
CAA invites nominations and self-nominations for individuals to serve on eight of the twelve juries for the annual Awards for Distinction for three years (2014–17). Terms begin in May 2014; award years are 2015–17.
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The Art Bulletin Seeks a Reviews Editor
CAA News
The Art Bulletin Editorial Board invites nominations and self-nominations for the position of reviews editor for a three-year term, July 1, 2015–June 30, 2018, with service as incoming reviews editor–designate in 2014–15. Candidates should be art scholars with stature in the field and experience in editing book and/or exhibition reviews; institutional affiliation is not required.
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Art Journal Seeks an Editor-in-Chief
CAA News
The Art Journal Editorial Board invites nominations and self-nominations for the position of editor-in-chief for a three-year term, July 1, 2015–June 30, 2018. Candidate may be artists, art historians, art critics, art educators, curators, or other professionals in the visual arts with stature in the field; institutional affiliation is not required.
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  Phaidon Press at CAA Annual Conference

Phaidon Press, the world’s leading publisher of books on the visual arts, will be at CAA’s Annual Conference next week. Stop by Booth #226 to preview upcoming publications, peruse our full range of published titles, and meet the Phaidon team, including editor Diane Fortenberry. Learn more about Phaidon online
 


JPASS for CAA Members
CAA News
CAA offers members a special, deeply discounted fee for JPASS, a new JSTOR access plan for individuals. JPASS is especially valuable for individuals without institutional access, faculty members at institutions with limited access to JSTOR, and adjuncts with irregular access to library resources.
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New CAA Board Members
CAA News
The CAA Board of Directors welcomes four newly elected members, who will serve from 2014 to 2018: Helen C. Frederick, George Mason University; Gunalan Nadarajan, University of Michigan; Dannielle Tegeder, Lehman College, City University of New York; and David C. Terry, New York Foundation for the Arts.
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  MFA Studio Art, MFA Photography

2-Year MFA, Florence, Italy. Studio Art Centers International - MFA programs in Studio Art and Photography offered entirely in Europe by an accredited US institution.
 


CAA Seeks Nominations for 2015-19 Board Service
CAA News
CAA seeks nominations and self-nominations from individuals interested in shaping the future of the organization by serving on the Board of Directors for the 2015–19 term. The board is responsible for all financial and policy matters related to the organization.
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Apply for a Meiss/Mellon Author's Book Award
CAA News
Applications for Meiss/Mellon Author's Book Awards for the spring 2014 grant cycle are now being accepted. This program is designed to support the work of emerging authors of manuscripts in art history and visual studies who are responsible for paying for rights and permissions for images in their publications. Deadline: March 15, 2013.
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Spring 2014 Meiss Publishing Grants
CAA News
CAA is accepting applications for spring 2014 grants through the Millard Meiss Publication Fund, which supports book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of art and related subjects that have been accepted by a publisher on their merits but cannot be published in the most desirable form without a subsidy. Deadline: March 15, 2014.
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Directories of Graduate Programs
CAA News
CAA's 2013 directories of graduate programs in the arts are available for purchase as print and ebook volumes and as customized PDFs created on demand based on the customer's preferred search criteria. The directories are comprehensive resources of over 630 programs in fine art and design, art and architectural history, curatorial studies, arts administration, and more.
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Conference Blog from Columbia College Chicago
Annual Conference Update
Students from Columbia College Chicago, including graduates and undergraduates in a variety of disciplines, wrote about their 2014 Annual Conference experiences on this year's conference blog.
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Download Abstracts 2014 and the 2014 Directory of Attendees
Annual Conference Update
Conference registrants may now download PDFs of Abstracts 2014, which summarizes the contents of hundreds of papers and talks that were presented in program sessions, and the 2014 Directory of Attendees, which lists the names and contact information of those who registered by the early and advance deadlines.
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Summer Institute in Technical Art History:

Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU June 9-20, 2014
This two week intensive course, open to doctoral candidates, will focus on The Artist’s Book: Materials and Processes. Please click here for more information.
 


Audio from Conference Sessions
Annual Conference Update
Conference Media offers audio recordings from selected sessions at the 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago. Audio recordings are in MP3 format and are playable using most standard computer media players or personal MP3 devices, such as an iPod.
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Annual Conference Archive
Annual Conference Update
CAA has published PDFs of all Annual Conference programs since 1937 to its website. Most PDFs document the entire program of sessions, events, and information, but those from 1990 to the present contain just the session pages.
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  CALL FOR ENTRIES

CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 2015 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center Book Prize, which recognizes a book that has made a significant contribution to American Modernism. For details about selection criteria and the Book Prize, please visit okeeffemuseum.org/book-prize.html..
 




CAA recognizes the professional achievements of its members in a bimonthly website section called Member News.

Solo Exhibitions by Artist Members
Member News
See when and where CAA members are exhibiting their art, and view images of their work.
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Books Published by CAA Members
Member News
Publishing a book is a major milestone for artists and scholars. Browse a list of recent titles by CAA members.
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Exhibitions Curated by CAA Members
Member News
Check out details on recent exhibitions organized by CAA members who are also curators.
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People in the News
Member News
This section lists new hires, positions, and promotions in three areas: Academe, Museums and Galleries, and Organizations and Publications.
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  The Art of Seeing

The 47th annual conference of the International Visual Literacy Association will take place November 5 – 8 at the Toledo Museum of Art.
 


Grants, Awards, and Honors
Member News
CAA recognizes its members for their professional achievements, be it a grant, fellowship, residency, book prize, honorary degree, or related award.
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Institutional News
Member News
Read about the latest news from CAA institutional members.
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Arts in Turkey Tour for CAA Members
CAA News
CAA has partnered with Tutku Tours to provide an exclusive offer for its members to spend two weeks this spring (May 27–June 10) exploring the ancient and contemporary sides of Turkey. Deadline: February 28, 2014.

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No Laughing Matter: President's Quip about Art History Pricks Some Ears
Chronicle of Higher Education
Art history caught some unwelcome attention from President Obama in a recent speech emphasizing the need for job training.

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Leonardo da Vinci Painting Lost for Centuries Found in Swiss Bank Vault
The Telegraph
It was lost for so long that it had assumed mythical status for art historians. Some doubted whether it even existed.

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  SMALL CLASSES. HUGE OPPORTUNITIES. YOUR CREATIVE CAREER IS WAITING

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Orr's Plan Would Protect DIA Artwork, but It's Not a Done Deal Yet
Detroit Free Press
The fate of the Detroit Institute of Arts remains in limbo in the wake of the recent release of Kevyn Orr's restructuring plan for Detroit's finances. While Orr's plan incorporates the fundamentals of a much-talked-about deal to prevent the forced sale of any masterpieces and to separate the city-owned museum into an independent charitable trust, several critical steps remain before a final settlement would guarantee the museum safe harbor in Detroit's historic bankruptcy.
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Photographers Band Together to Protect Work in "Fair Use" Cases
New York Times
To many photographers, a federal appeals court ruling last spring that permitted Richard Prince to use someone else's photographs in his art was akin to slapping a "Steal This" label on their work, but photographers are pushing back. Several membership and trade organizations have banded together recently to press their cause in Congress and the courts.
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No Longer Appropriate?
Art Newspaper
"Appropriating" other artists' work without consent is still common, but there is growing evidence—albeit rarely reported—that, although some artists may have started out as willing or unwitting outlaws, they decided that possibly infringing other artists' copyright was legally unwise and potentially expensive, and they stopped.
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Protest Action Erupts inside the Guggenheim Museum
ArtLeaks
Last weekend, over forty protesters staged an intervention inside the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan during Saturday night's pay-what-you-wish admission hours. Unfurling Mylar banners, dropping leaflets, chanting words, handing out information to museum visitors, and drawing attention with a baritone bugle, the group highlighted the labor conditions on Saadiyat Island in the United Arab Emirates, where Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a franchise of New York's Guggenheim, is being built.
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The University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History Graduate Student Symposium in Art History: Call for Papers: “New Perspectives in Native American Art and Art of the American West.” Presenters will receive a travel stipend for airfare and lodging. Submission Date: May 1, 2014; Symposium: Sept. 12, 2014.
 


Eminent Domain
New Inquiry
A gallery's street address says a lot more than its web address. We'll assume that a gallery at 555 West 24th Street in Chelsea sells more expensive art, represents more well-known artists, and is more influential on the market than, say, the residential address of an artist-run apartment gallery in Bed Stuy. A web address can't connote this same kind of prestige differential. There are no neighborhoods on the internet, and the cost of rent is always somewhere from $1 to $15 a month.
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People Lose Their Minds over Obama's Art History Apology
Hyperallergic
President Barack Obama's apology to the art historian Ann Collins Johns has created a frenzy of media coverage, including some inexplicably strange responses. When was the last time you heard art history discussed in mainstream news publications and news channels? Crickets. Exactly.
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  Tenth Annual Award Luncheon Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Honoring: Peter Schjeldahl, Art Critic, The New Yorker

Keynote: Massimiliano GIoni, Associate Director, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Curator, 55th Venice Biennale

For more information visit www.appraisersassociation.org
 


In Defense of Art History: Against the Neoliberal Imagination
Red Wedge
Obama's recent statement about art-history majors echoes a crude opinion of the American ruling class—all that is not of immediate and utilitarian interest to the profit system is to be shunned—and underlines a common conception of education and culture and highlights the ongoing onslaught on the humanities and liberal arts. The corporate education model being pushed heavily on public schools, state universities, and city colleges—schools that serve students from largely working-class and poor backgrounds—grants little weight to these subjects.
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The End of the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Washington Post
If the Corcoran Gallery of Art had to be swallowed up by a larger and healthier institution to survive, we might celebrate last week's announcement that its collection will be devoured by the National Gallery of Art. The National Gallery is hands down the most prestigious and respected steward of fine art in Washington, and its reputation is international. But this is not a swallowing of the Corcoran—this is the end of the Corcoran and its final dismemberment.
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